Sigh – #RomanticTuesday #LovePoetry

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Only sigh

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Sigh

Only Sigh

Sweetest Breathless

Dreaming Sigh

Never asking why

Only Sigh

Not here

Not goodbye

Longing, Waiting

Yearning to Try

Whispering Delicate

Softest Sigh

While the Nighttide

Fleetingly shall fly

Sigh

Only Sigh

Beloved

Beguiled

You and I

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~Morgan~

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Beautiful Photograph found on Pinterest.  Credit Gratefully Acknowledged to the Original Photographer.  Thank You!

#DailyThankfulnessJournal – Friends

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So Thankful for All my Friends…..yes YOU!….You know who you are 🙂

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Day 51 of 365 of the Daily Thankfulness Journal Challenge 

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~Morgan~

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Beautiful artwork by Jessica Galbreth   Thank You~

The Phoenix Project #BookReview

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Phoenix

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A thought provoking and compelling dystopian world that will change the way you view justice…

A man fights for life—and redemption—in D. M. Cain’s riveting new novel, The Phoenix Project.

Britain has descended into chaos as violence and terrorist attacks seethe across this once-peaceful country. Outraged by the steady stream of lawlessness, citizens demand a harsher penal system, and the Phoenix Project is born.

In prisons across the country, inmates fight to the death in a weekly bloodbath while the nation cheers them on.

Raven Kennedy, a prisoner who has never forgiven himself for his unspeakable crime, struggles against his own guilt and self-loathing. But even as the real war wages on within himself, Raven is forced to battle some of the prison’s most ruthless killing machines. Can he survive long enough to unravel the anger and regret that shackle him—and one day find the forgiveness he seeks?

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After reading the book’s cover description, I was already intrigued to learn more, not only about the history of this futuristic society where brutality has become the norm, much as it had been in Roman times, but also by the main character, Raven. It did not take long to connect with his tortured soul as he was beautifully and lovingly developed; his pain and the trials he faces to survive, outwardly and inwardly, are poignant and marvelously developed in a story that delves far beyond the gladiator theme I originally envisioned.

Aptly named, The Phoenix Project tells a stirring, vivid tale of a self-destructive soul who eventually discovers Hope and Renewal through the inspirations and insights provided by those he meets on his journey. Entertaining, yet thoroughly provocative, Raven’s story captured my imagination and, very quickly, my heart.  I unreservedly gave this book 5-Stars.

D.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for US publisher Booktrope. She has released two full length novels: The Phoenix Project – a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future, and A Chronicle of Chaos – the first in a dark fantasy series. She is currently working on the next novel in the series, ‘The Shield of Soren’, and a novella to accompany it.  You can read more about her via her Amazon Author Page here:  http://www.amazon.com/D.M.-Cain/e/B00LTTX3PA/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

And you can grab your copy of The Phoenix Project Here: https://www.amazon.com/Phoenix-Project-D-M-Cain-ebook/dp/B0195A6AYK

I hope you enjoyed this review, the first of more to come 🙂 After all, we cannot grow if we do not make the attempt, right?

~Morgan~

Of Rhyming and Timing and Musing that Priming

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Poetry

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Not too terribly long ago (though I cannot tell you how long precisely) I was conversing with a fellow writer about Inspiration and Poetry.  It was a fascinating discussion that I, not surprisingly, never wanted to end.  It started out innocently enough, with a simple query ‘What makes a poem a fantastic poem?’, a question which soon spiraled into the importance of metaphysical thinking and transcendence of emotion; the subtleties of wordplay vs. explicit vulgarism, and the inevitable influence our musings may have, even if such an outcome is not deliberate.

As might be expected, our ideas contrasted, but it was not surprising as our own unique writing styles are quite different (his more structured and traditional, mine…well you know mine.) These variances, however ultimately came down to format, style, grammar and the like; yet we agreed to disagree on these points.  After all, whether a poem comes in the form of a sonnet, a rondeau, a pantoum, or a cinquain; a troilet, a senryu, a tanka or a kyrielle, the desire to share a particular thought, emotion or impulse is usually the underlying motivation for writing.

Our views on the emotive side of poetry concurred, such as allowing Inspiration to lead as opposed to leading Inspiration. Leaving yourself open in all situations rather than closing yourself off to the emotions that may inspire you, whether that inspiration comes through quiet contemplation or at the spur of the moment in some flash of creativity that makes you reach for pen and paper (or laptop) to scribble effusively before the wave passes by. (and the resulting frustration that can occur when you do not.)

We also agreed that rhyming is far less important than timing; that the heartbeat of a poem is crucial, the pulse, as it were, which brings the verse to life and keeps it alive.  Rhyming is a beautiful thing when it happens, when it works, but it should not be the focus of writing poetry.  There is a fine balance between (good) free verse (which quickly became another facet of the conversation, but I’ll prattle on about that another time) and rhymed poetry, and it is a tightrope that is often difficult to walk, but we did unequivocally agree that the age-old, sing-song rhyming scheme so often forced upon an unsuspecting verse (or reader) can easily trap the poet, stifle the verse, and, ultimately lose the reader, frequently for good.

So what is the magic combination that stirs the heart, mind and spirit of both writer and reader?  What is it that constitutes a fantastic poem? Perhaps you have thoughts you would like to share? (please do!) but we could not really say, yet just like any form of art, ‘Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder’. The artist can never predict what might inspire smiles or prompt sighs and, in the end, the creator must create whatever it is their heart longs to express.  After all when two poets start musing about musing and the words we are choosing and using, the result can be amusing, but very often confusing.

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~Morgan~

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Image found on Pinterest.  Credit Acknowledged to the Original creator. Thank You.

#DailyThankfulnessJournal – Glows

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For the Graceful Glows that gently Transcend the darkness,

Thank You!

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Day 50 of 365 of the Daily Thankfulness Journal Challenge 

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~Morgan~

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Beautiful Photographs found on Pinterest.  Credit Gratefully Acknowledged to the Original Photographers.  Thank You~

#FridayFantasy – All Things (Dark) Fey – #OfficialWebsite

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For those of you who find Dark Fey of interest, it now has it’s own Official Website! You can explore the Realms of the Award Winning Epic YA Dark Fey Trilogy, Discover more about the lands the Fey inhabit, read free book teasers taken straight from the stories , learn insights into the characters through in-depth descriptions,  read a few behind the scenes secrets and more.

https://allthingsdarkfey.wixsite.com/feyandmusings

Thank You Ever So for supporting me and my writing 🙂

 

~Morgan~

#FridayFantasy – Cogs – #SixWordStories

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cogs

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Reality Pivots

upon Universal Perception Alone

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~Morgan~

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Beautiful Original Artwork found on Pinterest.  Credit Gratefully Acknowledged to the Original Artist.  Thank You.

#DailyThankfulnessJournal – Fey

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Thankful for the Blessing of my Fey, who have Inspired me; led me into a new Realm, and opened doors I never imagined I’d ever walk through!

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Meet the Characters of Dark Fey

Day 49 of 365 of the Daily Thankfulness Journal Challenge 

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~Morgan~

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Original artwork in order from left to right, top to bottom:by Shuangwen on DeviantArt, Negshin at Deviantart.com, Portrait of unknown model found on Pinterest and modified by me; by: Ruoxin Zhang; Image found on stock free wallpapers.com;  by:  eclipsy at deviantart.com; by omupied at Deviantart.com; by: Dusan Markovic

#FridayFantasy – Midnight Archer

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Luring Zephyr of Silver Nighttide,

Glistening upon the bare Silken Road

From which my Musings extend

To Wander,

Piqued by curiosity while Shadows Goad;

Sparkle of Darkest Velveteen Sea,

Whispering in Lilting carols, Unsung;

Begging Enchantment from the depths

Of my Dreams

While the Bow of the Midnight Archer is Strung;

Piquant Charms

of Dilatants Muse,

Beguiling Suggestion

to Entangle and confuse,

Entreat my Unraveled Notions of shifting Thought

When, by your Tantalizing Ruse I am Helplessly Caught.

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~Morgan~

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Beautiful Artwork found on Wallpaperfinder.com  Credit Gratefully Acknowledged to the Original Artist.   Thank You!

Dance and Dream – #LovePoetry

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Dance with me across the spangled Velvet night,

Caressing my every sense with the Pleasure that is

Uniquely You.

Dream with me through the burnished Shimmer of day,

Whispering secrets only we two Share,

Blissfully Unified.

All the hours Speak Surrendered and Lavish Devotion

As our Hearts Beat Together

One for the other.

O Sweetest Lover of my Heart,

Dance and Dream with me

Evermore!

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~Morgan~

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Beautiful photograph found on Google Image.  Credit Gratefully Acknowledged to the original photographer.  Thank You~

#DailyThankfulnessJournal – Moonlight

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She

Spills Romance in lavender ribbons

Whispering secrets upon the tide

Of Shimmers sparkling from her Gentle Smile

Of Silence stirring the shadows that hide

 

She

Dances upon the velvet zephyr

Of Midnight’s lucent Harmony

With airy notes of Transcendence

With Poignant strings of Memory

 

She

Caresses the Dreamer’s nomadic Musings

Reveries of Passion, Billows of Time

As darkness scatters from her Embrace

As Sighs breathe deep, Soporific, Sublime!

 

She

In a ruffled dress of Nighttide

 

She

The Unreserved Heart’s Sweet Bride.

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Thankful for the Beauty of the Moon!

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Day 48 of 365 of the Daily Thankfulness Journal Challenge 

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~Morgan~

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Beautiful photograph found on Pinterest.  Credit Gratefully Acknowledged to the original photographer. Thank You~

#WordlessWednesday – Phuntastic Photography

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Beautiful original photography by Justyna Garczyk-kleszcz
Please be sure to visit her website

#WordlessWednesday – Delicate Splendour

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~Morgan~

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Beautiful Original Photography by Shihya Kowatari.
Please be sure to visit the artists website

#DailyThankfulnessJournal – Jack’s Kiss

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Delicate and Bold,

All Encompassing, but fleeting,

His Kiss changes everything;

Yet, only while it Lingers.

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For the Beauty of the Magic of Frost…I am Thankful.

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Day 47 of 365 of the Daily Thankfulness Journal Challenge 

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~Morgan~

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Beautiful photograph found on Pinterest.  Credit Gratefully Acknowledged to the original photographer. Thank You~

You and I – #RomanticTuesday #LovePoetry

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You and I

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Sweet Entanglement of Blissful Sighs,

You Whisper to my Heart in

Songs only my Spirit knows;

Lover of my Every Whim,

ArchAngel of my Passion and Truest

Minister of my every Dream,

Reach, Sweetest Darling, with Your

Exquisite Hands,

Touch this Love that sends deepest Shivers

Through the very Essence of me;

For All I am,

All I could ever Be,

All I shall ever aspire to become

Already Knows you;

Your most Handsome details,

Your guileless Gaze Whispering

Of All You are,

All You could ever Be,

All you Shall Ever Aspire to Become;

Desire Unified,

Love Eternal,

Most Beguiling Kiss and Enamored Sigh;

Each Second,

Each Heartbeat,

You

And I

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~Morgan~

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Beautiful Original photography by:  ~Jessica1986 on deviantART